Borrowing from an African proverb, Superintendent Rick Robins says it takes a team and a village to fulfill the District’s promise of helping 34,000 students experience a world-class education.
With that in mind, it’s with gratitude that Canyons School District recognizes Wednesday, Nov. 17, as Education Support Professionals Day to honor our ESPs — each one of the 2,905 — and all they do for students.
Along with our beloved teachers and administrators, that team and village include thousands of ESPs whose innumerable contributions in schools, district offices, garages, buses, and beyond play important roles in making the District run like a well-oiled machine to the benefit of our students.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re a bus driver, lunch services person, a secretary, custodian, or aide, there are so many jobs that are filled that really provide this experience for our children,” Robins said. “I just want you to know how much I appreciate you.”
Deservedly, the District annually honors ESPs in its prestigious APEX Awards. In 2019, Facilities Services coordinators Carl Patterson, Jake Thomas, and Ryan Jakeman won the award; Kevin Kelson, the Custodial and Grounds Coordinator, was honored in 2020; and the Transportation Department’s Rick Hoggard, Lorraine Miles, and Jeff Wren, earned the recognition for 2021.
Earlier in November, the Canyons Board of Education passed a resolution to laud ESPs, who account for 54 percent of the District’s overall 5,388 employees.